(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) Pasadena Comic Con is the premier comic convention in Pasadena, featuring over 60 AMAZING guests and over 100 exhibitors offering a wide variety of vintage comic books, toys, memorabilia, and more!
When: Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 5pm (with early bird admission at 9am)
Where: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101
Meet special guests including Barry Bostwick (Brad from Rocky Horror Picture Show), Nicole Kang (Poison Ivy from the Batwoman TV show), Jay Fotos (DC Comic Creator/Artist), Johnny Young Bosch (Power Rangers), Bonnie Gordon (Star Trek Prodigy), Kirk Thatcher (Muppets writer/director), the puppeteers who brought you Baby Yoda to life in The Mandalorian, Bob West (voice of Barney the Dinosaur), Scott Shaw! (Comic Creator and penciler), Gigi Edgley (Farscape) and many more!
The event will feature a wide variety of comic book artists, voice actors, Disney actors, animators and more.
10 am General Admission $12.00 advance tickets $15.00 at the door
9 am Early Bird $20.00 advance tickets $25.00 at the door
Sunday, January 15, 2023at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) —Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center — Friday, January 13th, 2023 — Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 16 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2023 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 15, 2023.
One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace.
Since 2008, the Southern California Slack Key Festival has been the biggest Hawaiian music concert event in the mainland U.S. and features the most respected names in Hawaiian guitar music and hula today. Taking its name from a finger-picking style of guitar playing indigenous to Hawaii (as heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for “The Descendants”), the Slack Key Festival brings the art of ki ho’alu guitar to Redondo Beach.
This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George Kuo, one of Hawaii’s premier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists; Makaha Sons, one of Hawaii’s leading Hawaiian musical groups; Sonny Lim, a member of Hawaii’s famous musical Lim family; Jeff Peterson, contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and a winner of eight Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards; Jim “Kimo” West, 2021 Grammy Award-winner and multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards;Kainani Kahaunaele, won seven Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in 2021; Kamuela Kimokeo, a member of the Na Hōkū Hanohano award winning group Hi’ikua; Ka’ihi Kimokeo, and Bryan Tolentino, popular ukulele player who can be heard on scores of recordings for other artists as well as his own Grammy nominated CD’s.
What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music? Played from the heart and soul through the fingers and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian ki ho’alu (slack key) is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world. In slack key, some of the strings are “slacked” from the standard guitar tuning, with the thumb playing the bass notes while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.
How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form – https://vimeo.com/155399448.
About the Artists
George Kuo is known as one of Hawaii’s premier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists playing in the traditional nahenahe (sweet, soothing) style, bridging today’s generation with the older generations. George has been twice recognized with excellence in recording achievement by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, for Instrumental Album of the year in 1995 for Hawaiian Touch and 1996 for “Aloha No Na Kupuna – Love for the Elders.” In 1986 Eddie Kamae asked George to join his group THE SONS OF HAWAII and in 2000 performed and recorded with Dennis & David Kamakahi & Martin Pahinui as the HUI ALOHA group. Highlights of George’s performing career are playing on the Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion Show with Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble in 1993 and performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Honolulu Symphony in 1997.
For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawaiʻi and around the globe, considered to be one of Hawai’i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to perpetuate that vibrant sound, full and rich, with harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics which have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D.C., and have performed for both the President and Vice-President of the United States.
A member of Hawai`i’s famous musical Lim family, Sonny Lim was born and raised in the heart of Hawaiian cowboy country on Hawai`i Island. Sonny was introduced to ki ho`alu as a child watching Gabby Pahinui perform at a lu`au in Kohala, his professional career began as a teenager when he commuted to Oahu from Hawai`i Island to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau. Sonny’s first solo album in 2006, Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim, was a 48th GRAMMY® nominee in the Hawaiian Music category. One year prior to this nomination, he performed with 6 other solo artists on Hawai`i’s first GRAMMY® award-winning CD, Slack Key Guitar Volume 2. Sonny helped accept this inaugural Hawaiian GRAMMY® award on stage and his speech marked the first time the Hawaiian language had ever been spoken on the GRAMMY® stage.
Jeff Peterson was born on the Island of Maui and grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a “paniolo” (Hawaiian cowboy), on the Haleakala Ranch. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today, having contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and winner of eight Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in Hawaii including Slack Key Album of the Year for “Maui on My Mind” in 2010, “Slack Key Travels” in 2014 and “O’ahu” in 2016 which also earned him Instrumental Song of the Year for the song “Old Pali”. His latest release “Wahi Pana” is a full-length performance and documentary film and CD soundtrack.
Dr. Kamuela Kimokeo is a member of the Nā Hōku Hanohano award winning group Hiʻikua and is the head of the Music Department at Windward Community College where he teaches a variety of classes from ‘ukulele to music theory and history. He is also the driving force behind the Hawaiian Music Certificate Kaohekani. He started playing music professionally with his Dad in Waikiki when he was 14 years old and has toured with the likes of Hawaiian music Hall-of-Famer, Jerry Santos, five time Grammy Nominee, Amy Hanaiali’i, and Raiatea Helm. As a recording artist, Kamuela was part of the Grammy Nominated and Hōkū award winning guitar album Slack Key Kings Vol. II where he played a solo original composition “Holumoana” and also recorded as part of the group Pilioha which was nominated for multiple awards. In addition, Dr. Kimokeo’s son Ka’ihi Kimokeo will make his Southern California Slack Key Festival debut.
Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. He is a 2021 Grammy® Award winner for his CD, “More Guitar Stories” and a 2019 Grammy® nominee for “Moku Maluhia-Peaceful Island”. He is also a winner of the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards, a three-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu. Kimo’s film and TV credits include work for 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel and Marvel.
Kainani Kahaunaele is a mele (Hawaiian song) enthusiast, singer, songwriter, teacher, and musician. She was born and raised in Anahola, Kauaʻi and has lived in Hilo, Hawaiʻi for 27 years as an advocate for Hawaiian language revitalization and the perpetuation of Hawaiian music through education and performance. Her third and most recent recording, “Waipunalei,” won seven awards in six categories at the 2021 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including album of the year, female vocalist, Hawaiian music album, song of the year, haku mele and Hawaiian language performance. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/10/07/features/kainani-kahaunaele-wins-big-at-2021-na-hoku-hanohano-awards-view-the-list-of-winners/
Ukulele player Bryan Tolentino has been known for the past forty plus years as an accompanist for some of Hawaiʻi’s most well-known and accomplished Hawaiian music artists and hula hālau. Bryan’s unique “fairy dusting” (as he calls it) can be heard on scores of recordings for other artists as well as his own Nā Hōkū Hanohano and Grammy nominated CD’s.
In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free and open to the public – takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. outside of the venue. Browse a variety of island themed gifts, home décor, accessories, apparel, Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice and outdoor entertainment.
When: Sunday, January 15, 2023; Concert 2:00 p.m.; Free Island Marketplace 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS ~ THE VIPER ROOM) Pinktastic Plastixx made their debut at the world famous Viper Room on the Sunset Strip. They performed an amazing set of pop punk and rock tunes. This is one of the last performances at the Viper Room as it’s closing permanently at the end of the year. The show was full of energy and a lot of fun. Staff photographer, Ellen Zuckerman, from the Hollywood Press Corps was at the concert. Check out her pictures here.
The band wanted to say a last goodbye to a landmark. Pinktastic Plastixx are a fun band who’s image is over the top as their sound. Reminiscent of bands of the 1990’s. Lead singer Kitten performs with a pink hair dryer microphone that was designed especially for her. Think BARBIE 2022 and you have Pinktastic Plastixx. Kitten said “I have been Barbiecore for 40 years and I wanted a microphone that goes with my all pink aesthetic and I got it!”
Pinktastic Plastixx are an all girl band formed and fronted by Pink Icon, Kitten Kay Sera and features her extravagant bandmates: Alexa Rae on drums, Rocky Rose on keytar, & Celinda Chang on guitar. Kitten says, “We are all stages of ages and proud to be out there doing what we love & just having fun! Dreams don’t expire”
Artist Gilda Garza displayed her “Kings and Queens” art collection at Winn Slavin Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills during the annual “Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration” on November 17, 2022.
Born and raised in Mexico, Gilda is a self taught artist with displays in multiple galleries worldwide. A percentage of her art sales are gifted to the “World Woman Foundation” and to date she has donated $80,000 to this foundation in an effort to encourage and support female artists.
Gilda Garza’s art can be viewed at GildaGarza.com
Gilda’s work can be viewed at GildaGarza.com
Music, food and festivities were in full force on Rodeo Drive to celebrate the annual kickoff of the Holiday season. Adults and children were offered many options for entertainment and drew the expected large crowd. After surviving the difficult days of year’s past, it was a welcome and refreshing experience to put that in the rear view mirror and anticipate the blessed holiday season.
(Hollywood, California) Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 ~ Saluting the 80s in a Whiskey A Go Go style, hilarious comedian Hal Sparks MC’d the Rock Against MS event on the Sunset Strip. It was good seeing everyone again as we came together to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The top celebrity of the night was Nancy Sayle who started Rock Against MS at the world famous Whiskey five years ago. From the very stage where Jim Morrison once performed with the Doors, Hal whipped up the mosh pit with Nerd Hallen. Think Revenge of the Nerds meets SIR shred masters with Hal doing amazing heavy metal vocals. Hal’s vocal chops have improved over the last few years.
Whiskey regular, John B, who was at the DOORS show at the Whiskey in 1968 was at the show to check out the bands and support Rock Against MS. We watched Idol X do their amazing Billy Idol tribute. Idol X is Robert Sarzo from Queensryche playing Steve Steven’s licks and Matt Eberhart singing spiky hair Billy Idol songs (snarl). I had Cradle of Love stuck in my head for three days.
Ellen Zuckerman from the Hollywood Press Corps was at the event in the front row taking photos. All of these photos are by Ellen.
One of the highlights of the evening was country pop singer Annie Bosko singing with Guns and Roses’ Steven Adler on drums. Sam “Bam” Koltun from Faster Pussycat (guitar) and LA Guns (local legend) bass player Johny Martin (who looks like he should be in the Ramones).
The Rock Against MS Foundation produces so many cool events in addition to the annual concert. They are currently creating the Rock House. This is a brick and mortar space that will provide support to people with MS.
There were so many bands and it was great to see everyone again. On the tribute band side with Hal’s Nerd Hallen and Idol X with Robert Sarzo, there were the Iron Maidens, a Tom Petty/Johnny Cash tribute band called Petty Cash, The legendary GayC/DC and a special mention to the Street Drum Corps.
Dramarama played a bit which was really cool. From Great White, Dan Mcnay and Robby Lochner played. Patrick Stone from Budderside sang. Really so many talented people. Such a great night. We wanted to publish every picture that we have. Rock Against MS is such an important event. Enjoy the photos from this years Rock Against MS 2022.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, California — Monday, September 12th, 2022 —Interested in the latest in interior design? Do you love handcrafted wines? Then the Calibu Vineyard Show Home Wine & Design Experience is the exclusive event you’ve been waiting for.
On this multi-stop experience, featuring the ultimate in luxury design, inspiring destinations, and Malibu Coast wines, Lucid Motors, will tour you through the beautiful Malibu Hills in luxurious style.
First stop ~ the SURFACES Show Home: Calibu Vineyard. Created by celebrity designer Jennifer Farrell, Calibu Vineyard is a 7300 square foot, Montauk-inspired luxury retreat, nestled on a gated 3.5 acre estate in the stunning Malibu Hills. Take an exclusive tour inside this highly anticipated show home and surrounding vineyard, featuring the finest in bespoke design, surface materials, and trends. It’s your unforgettable opportunity to explore the show home design, meet designer and television host Jennifer Farrell in person, and get insider access to resources and materials. Finish your first destination with wine tasting where you’ll enjoy the inaugural vintage of Calibu Vineyard’s 2021 Reserve Grenache and 2021 Grenache Rose wines, crafted by award-winning winemaker B. Alan Geddes. The tasting tour at Calibu continues with more Malibu Coast wines, and delicious surprises in store. More about Calibu Vineyard is online.
Next up ~ Heaven’s Hill Estate. Nestled on an angelic hillside in the idyllic community of Old Agoura, Heaven’s Hill is a Spiritual Retreat Center and family-owned Vineyard, specializing in the production of Napa-quality wine. This spectacular outdoor oasis, with 360-degree views, is a magical setting to enjoy wine tastings as your experience continues. Heaven’s Hill Retreat Sanctuary provides a source of inspiration and rejuvenation; the serene setting is the perfect getaway for self-discovery, relaxation, and connecting with nature. For the Wine & Design Experience at Heaven’s Hill Estate, you will enjoy an Ojai-like experience of beautiful surroundings, relaxation, and exceptional wines. Your tasting tour will feature award-winning estate wines including the 2019 Boho Blend, 2019 Sinner Syrah, 2019 Goddess Grenache, and 2020 Rapture Rose
Whether you Uber or Lyft, or need a place to park your vehicle, the start of your journey will be King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, one of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains. This 588-acre ranch offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archaeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age.
King Gillette Ranch will serve as home base for the Calibu Vineyard Wine & Design Experience, with parking and shuttles running from this destination.
A portion of the proceeds from your registration go towards the conservation efforts of King Gillette Ranch.
The Santa Ana Country Club was the location for the “Miracles for Kids” annual invitational golf tournament on Monday, July 25. Miracles for Kids is a foundation dedicated to funding programs for families in need with critically ill children.
As well as a competitive round of golf, prizes also included a $1M Shootout, $5000 putting contest, $5000 Hole In One package, chipping clinic, longest drive contest and a 9th hole party station with tequila and tacos. Sponsored by Perricone Farms, Tito’s Vodka, Urban Golf Performance, Fletcher Jones Motorcars and many more, many opportunities to win prizes were available to all participants.
Founded in 2002, Miracles for Kids creates stability for families that are struggling with the financial and emotional challenges of caring and providing while their child fights critical illness.
A day of golf and a provided breakfast and lunch provided participants a day of gratitude for themselves and a much needed gift to those who need it most.
Grand Hope Park in downtown Los Angeles was the location for the 2nd annual “Fashion with a Purpose” fashion show presented by Rionel Fisher and Tamela Robinson-Fisher of Restored Reflections.
Hosted by KJLH radio personality Tammi Mac, the event took place on June 25, 2022.
The event’s goal is to use fashion to spotlight entrepreneurship and bring awareness to our at-risk, inner city youth and young adults. Proceeds from the event support Restored Reflections, a non profit that provides economic impact training, education and community development to youth and young adults.
The Red Carpet was followed by the fashion show which included designers Blue Strips, Doll Pieces, Filters, Hooded Faith, TrendiReds and Mad Clothing. Fashion accessories, food and drink among other things were available at many kiosks throughout the park.
1091 Pictures and Foster Peoductions is to release “Back to Lyla” on June 28, 2022.
The film will be released on several Video on Demand platforms including Amazon, iTunes, Direct TV and many others. Directed by America Young and starring Hassie Harrison and Gonzalo Martin with strong support from Emma Kenney, Tracie Thoms and Chris Lee.
Described as a romantic comedy, the film tells the story of a young man who discovers he may soon die and finds comfort in a group of childhood friends who accompany him on a journey to find closure after the love of his life “Lyla” has moved on.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Worldwide — Thursday, April 24th, 2022 ~ Conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s international tour is disrupted by protests in Venezuela. ¡VIVA MAESTRO!, the inspiring documentary from acclaimed director Ted Braun(Betting on Zero, Darfur Now), follows Dudamel around the world. ¡Viva Maestro! takes one on a cinematic journey inside the imagination of Gustavo Dudamel. In the doc, Gustavo has to respond to violent protests in his homeland of Venezuela. It’s beautifully shot and edited.
Producing the film was Steve Tisch, Dean Schramm, Howard Bragman, Nicolas Paine and Ted Braun with Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann as executive producers. Greenwich Entertainment is in charge of distribution in theaters across the U.S.
The film opened this past weekend in LA at the Landmark on Pico, and in New York City at the Film Forum. There were rave reviews. You can view the Trailer here: https://bit.ly/VivaMaestroTrailer.
Check out iViva Maestro!! You’ll really enjoy it!!